For the 60th Anniversary of the All Cape and Islands Music Festival I was commissioned to write the closing work for the combined ensembles. As an alumnus of the festival is was especially meaningful to contribute in this way. The resulting work was "The Mad Wind," a setting of the poem by Clark Ashton Smith. With over 300 students on Barnstable High School's stage, it was truly a Mahlerian moment. I also served as accompanist for the SATB choir directed by my friend Reagan Paras. My rehearsal photo doesn't quite do it justice, but the Cape Cod Times photographer captured some great moments.
Thanks to GIA Publishing for this beautiful score flipper video!
In addition to being published in their 50th Anniversary songbook, "Silent Noon" was selected for performance by the Hong Kong Children's Choir 50th Anniversary Concert. www.hkcchoir.org/catalog/tc/
Just finished up this track for a corporate video, sounds included! This was done in collaboration with Ian Romer
Attending the Ithaca College Choral Composition Festival last Saturday as a finalist was a wonderful experience. The day was largely spent sitting in on concerts from the collegiate and visiting high school choirs and getting to know the other composers of diverse backgrounds and ages. I am incredibly thankful to the East Lyme High School Chorus and their director, Anthony Maiese, for all the work and heart they invested in the piece I wrote, "Remember."
Our group reflection on the text prior to their performance was a true heart-to-heart, and I think the sharing of insight about the meaning of Rossetti's text was illuminating for us all. The key word that was brought into the discussion that did not make itself apparent to me when I was setting it was "selflessness." The shift of the narrator from asking to be remembered to granting the reader the (clearly impossible) option the chance to "forget and smile" is a great act of love.
It was incredibly encouraging as a composer to see a thriving program, led by Janet Galván, that connects creators with performers and educators. These collaborations are what keep us all connected and make art a living process rooted in earth.